My name is Emma Gordon and I’m a Business Analyst at MasonBreese, currently on a contract at the Jersey Financial Services Commission.
What my job involves
My role involves working on IT projects to translate the business needs into usable requirements. The technical team then translate this into building a solution to meet the business' needs.
How I got into this professionI have a Business Management degree which I tailored towards business improvement and project management as I realised this was the area I wanted to progress my career in.Initially after university I worked as a recruitment consultant for 18 months but after taking 3 months out to travel, I had time to reflect on my position and realign my goals of where I wanted my career to go.I began researching potential opportunities within the change management sector but found most positions required previous experience within the industry and project management specific qualifications. I then came across MasonBreese who ran the “MB Change Academy programme”. This was a 2 year course which combined on-site client working with an online classroom-based learning aimed at graduates looking to start a career as a Business Analyst or Project Manager.
Qualifications or skillsMasonBreese ideally look for candidates who hold a degree to join the MB Change Academy, but not always essential for the right candidate. I also held my Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green belt which I had obtained during my degree.Since joining MasonBreese, I have obtained the following qualifications: BCS Business Analysis, PRINCE2 & Agile with the opportunity to study further should I wish to.
Being a woman in techThe majority of the projects I have worked on so far have been IT projects which contain technical developers, designers, and testers, who tend to be male.When I started my first project I was anxious that I didn’t have enough technical knowledge to keep up and was worried to speak in meetings in fear of saying something wrong. However, after the first month I soon realised everyone is in the same boat and no question is ever a silly question. Since then my confidence has grown massively and I am now using every opportunity I can to learn more, especially from the people around me who have years of experience.In my current role I'm part of a Programme Management Office team with the majority being female and I am proud to be a part of.
What I enjoy most about my job
My favourite part about working on projects is that no two days are the same. As a project moves through the project life cycle, watching the idea develop into a final product and handing it back to the business is so rewarding.